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Medical Research Service Merit Review Committee, Notice of Meetings

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The Department of Veterans Affairs gives notice under the Public Law 92-463 (Federal Advisory Committee Act) that the subcommittees of the Medical Research Service Merit Review will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. as indicated below:

Subcommittee forDate(s)Location
Alcoholism & Drug DependenceMarch 17, 2003Holiday Inn Central.
Immunology & DermatologyMarch 17-18, 2003Holiday Inn. Central.
Neurobiology-DMarch 20-21, 2003Hotel Washington.
Infectious DiseasesMarch 20-21, 2003Holiday Inn. Central.
SurgeryMarch 24, 2003Hotel Washington.
OncologyMarch 24-25, 2003Hotel Washington.
Mental Health & Behav SciencesMarch 25-26, 2003Hotel Washington.
Cardiovascular StudiesMarch 27, 2003Holiday Inn. Central.
EpidemiologyMarch 28, 2003Holiday Inn. Central.
GastroenterologyMarch 31-April 1, 2003Holiday Inn. Central.
RespirationApril 1, 2003Holiday Inn. Central.
EndocrinologyApril 3-4, 2003Marriott Residence Inn.
NephrologyApril 7, 2003Hotel Washington.
General Medical ScienceApril 8, 2003Hotel Washington.
HematologyApril 11, 2003Holiday Inn. Central.
Clinical Research ProgramApril 15, 2003Holiday Inn. Central.
Neurobiology-CApril 25, 2003Holiday Inn. Central.
Aging and Clinical GeriatricsApril 25, 2003Holiday Inn. Central.
Medical Research Service Merit Review CommitteeJune 5, 2003Marriott Residence Inn.

The addresses of the hotels are:

Holiday Inn. Central., 1501 Rhode Island Avenue, NW., Washington., DC

Hotel Washington., 515—15th Street, NW., Washington., DC

Marriott Residence Inn. (Thomas Circle), 1199 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington., DC

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These subcommittee meetings are for the purpose of evaluating the scientific merit of research conducted in each specialty by Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) investigators working in VA Medical Centers and Clinics.

The subcommittee meetings will be open to the public for approximately one hour at the start of each meeting to discuss the general status of the program. The remaining portion of each subcommittee meeting will be closed to the public for the review, discussion, and evaluation of initial and renewal projects.

The closed portion of the meetings involves discussion, examination, reference to and oral review of site visits, staff and consultant critiques of research protocols and similar documents. During this portion of the subcommittee meetings, discussion and recommendations will deal with qualifications of personnel conducting the studies, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, as well as research information, the premature disclosure of which could significantly frustrate implementation of proposed agency action regarding such research projects.

As provided by subsection 10(d) of Public Law 92-463, as amended by Public Law 94-409, closing portions of these subcommittee meetings is in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(6) and (9)(B). Those who plan to attend or would like to obtain a copy of minutes of the subcommittee meetings and rosters of the members of the subcommittees should contact LeRoy G. Frey, Ph.D., Chief, Program Review Division, Medical Research Service, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC, (202) 408-3630.

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Dated: February 7, 2003.

By Direction of the Secretary.

E. Philip Riggin,

Committee Management Officer.

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[FR Doc. 03-3826 Filed 2-14-03; 8:45 am]